I studied Graphic Design and Cinema at the National University in Bogotá. Right after that, I started working with the film director Camilo Matiz as his first assistant. During that time, back in 2005, I participated in a National Young Artist Saloon and ended up receiving the first prize, which was a ticket to fly wherever I wanted to. I’d never been out of Colombia before and didn’t speak any other language than Spanish, so I wanted to use that opportunity to go out and study arts, to learn another language, and know a different culture.
I decided to come to Paris because I was interested in the Beaux-Arts School and because France is a centric country within Europe, so I thought I could travel around from there. I came, started taking French lessons, and at the same time, applied to the art school. I was accepted in Beaux-Arts, where I had a great personal and professional experience. Meanwhile, I started showing my work in different art spaces in France. Then, I started working with Perrotin, which is a great gallery, and also, won several art prizes (Sam, Audi, etc.) and had a solo show at Palais de Tokyo.
Paris opened its arms to me, it’s been a generous city. For about a year, I lived in New York and I made other residencies in Los Angeles, Barcelona or Munich. I made long stays in Madrid, Sao Paulo, Lima, Mexico City, Douala, Buenos Aires, and Bogotá, but I always kept Paris as my base. In 2010 I opened my studio, where I started working on my own, but it’s been slowly growing and we’re currently five people in the team – me included. I feel we are very close. We challenge ourselves and love taking risks and experiment a lot. I like Paris, I like the cultural scene here and I have the luck to visit other countries often and get in touch with other scenes as well.